The first thing that struck me is that, unlike my youth, I am not much interested in self improvement any longer, at least not in the sense I used to consider it. When young, I read various books on the subject, such as Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking. That evolved into various forms over the years, some philosophical, some mystical, some practical, like Covey's seven habits.
I find that I don't do that so much now. Why? I ask myself this question right now, for this may be the first that I have realized that I no longer have interest in these things in that way. I think it is because I now approach life and the world with a much more established sense of self and, instead of looking for self improvement, I instead look to walk the best path I can find each day.
Oh, I'm not saying I won't change over time. What I'm saying is that I will now allow that change to happen organically, fed by my experience. I'm more interested in helping my kids, who are at that age when self improvement is high on the list.
Are there any other sexagenarians out there who have had similar shifts of perspective? Is this just a natural part of our aging process, or is it that we have established pretty well who and what we are by this age and just want to enjoy what is left of the party?